Huge numbers of people living in the Americas died from diseases when Europeans started coming over. It is always stated that this is because the immune systems of the Americans had not contacted the European diseases before. Why did the same thing not happen in reverse? Why weren't 90% of some European settlements wiped out from an unfamiliar American disease?
posted by Hubajube
on Aug 12, 2007 -
One of my container garden tomato plants is sick. What's wrong with it? [more inside]
posted by dw
on Jul 11, 2007 -
Looking for information and possible causes of asymptomatic cardiac enlargement : details inside. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito
on Jul 1, 2007 -
Where can I find a good doctor in Philadelphia that will help me diagnose Celiac disease? [more inside]
posted by austinlee
on Jun 8, 2007 -
I've recently come across someone who disputes the Germ Theory of Disease. Has anyone ever heard of such a crazy thing before?
posted by xmattxfx
on Feb 21, 2007 -
A tick dug its foul way into my dog's belly yesterday. We found it dug in but not yet engorged in the middle of an irritated red patch of skin. I tugged 2/3 of of it out of my dog's skin, but despite my best efforts, the head's still in there. What now? [more inside]
posted by Sinner
on Feb 9, 2007 -
I’m looking for statistics from a reputable source describing the cost of both treatment and loss of wages/productivity or a combination of both (general financial burden) due to incidence of thrombosis and thrombotic disease. [more inside]
posted by Java_Man
on Jan 30, 2007 -
Does anybody know the name of the neurological disease which breaks the connections of your passive feeling nerves but still leaves you able to control your limbs? [more inside]
posted by unrequited
on Sep 28, 2006 -
PorkFilter: Is there anything medically wrong with eating large amounts of pork, sometimes irregularly prepared? [more inside]
posted by nasreddin
on Sep 27, 2006 -
How do I correspond with someone who I have just learned has a life-threatening illness? (He doesn't know that I know.) [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea
on Aug 28, 2006 -
If you believe BonJovi, love is a social disease
. What other songs link love and infectious diseases, metaphorically or otherwise?
posted by obliquicity
on Jun 17, 2006 -
The incidence of peptic ulcer disease in hyperparathyroidism is increased, presumably due to hypercalcemia leading to increased gastrin secretion. Why does calcium stimulate G-Cells to secrete calcium? I am trying to find a precide physiologic reason. Is there another reason for this link between HyperPTH and duodenal ulcers. Thanks!
posted by reverenddrjice
on Apr 13, 2006 -
What is the best way to respond to an acquaintance who reveals he has been recently diagnosed with HIV? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 1, 2006 -
Were the food laws in the old testament rational for the time or somewhat superstitious? [more inside]
posted by tula
on Mar 25, 2006 -
Second-hand shoes: What are the odds of contracting some sort of fungus or some other nasty thing from second-hand shoes? What, if anything, can I do to disinfect them? And will it work?
posted by Krrrlson
on Mar 1, 2006 -
Paging any dermatologists, epidemiologists, or pathology-minded scientists -- any idea what in name of the gods this
is? (Probably SFW, but not safe if you want to eat today or at least not wretch). [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey
on Nov 8, 2005 -
I'm not a tinfoil hat type of guy but just in case, what vaccinations or immunizations should I, as a 30 year old american, get? Let's say I budgeted $1,000 to cover the bases; I'm not planning on taking any trips to the jungle, working with blood, doing drugs or having anal sex. What could I take care of with a budget like that?
posted by pwb503
on Aug 16, 2005 -
Anyone with Hodgkin's Disease out there? Have a question about the wonders and side effects of ABVD chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Moondoggie
on May 23, 2005 -
Multiple Sclerosis: what tips, tricks, medications, supplements, treatments or therapies are worth trying? [more inside]
posted by mdn
on Apr 20, 2005 -
My 9-month old puppy has been diagnosed with ehrlichia. Has anyone had experience with or knowledge of this disease, treating it, and the fatality rates? :(
posted by about_time
on Mar 24, 2005 -
I just read a wire story
stating that, "hundreds of thousands of people may die and one quarter of the work force could be absent if Britain were hit by a bird flu pandemic said."
How seriously should we be worried?
posted by trinarian
on Mar 22, 2005 -
ObscureMovieFilter: DagMaggot's question
jarred a memory I have of a film I saw several years in a row in grade school (late '70s). It was a Japanese film in which a boy loses his mother to some disease (possibly cancer)? As I recall, the mother used to entertain her son by folding origami, and I remember a scene with lots of snow. I also don't remember much, if any, dialog.
It's not a lot to go on, but that's all I remember, and I haven't been able to find it since. Pointers appreciated.
posted by aberrant
on Dec 31, 2004 -
Does anyone else here have a bad disease? How do you deal with it-especially the bad days? [MI] [more inside]
posted by aacheson
on Sep 22, 2004 -